Very low proportion of young people seeking gender-affirming care subsequently reidentify with their birth-registered sex

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An Australian study has found that a very low proportion of young people who initiate gender-affirming treatment at a gender clinic end up reidentifying back with their birth-registered sex. The study of 548 patients referred to paediatric gender clinics found that 29 patients ended up reidentifying as their birth-registered sex and that all but two of these people did so during the early stages of assessment before hormone treatment started. This equates to around 1% of the patients who commenced puberty suppression or hormone treatment.

Journal/conference: JAMA Pediatrics

Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2024.0077

Organisation/s: Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, Perth Children’s Hospital

Funder: This study was funded by the
Raine Medical Research Foundation and the Perth
Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Emerging
Leadership Fellowship grant 2010063 from the
National Health and Medical Research Council
(Prof Lin).


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